Sheldon "Chief" Bender dies
Sheldon "Chief" Bender died Wednesday. Bender ran the scouting and player development department in the Big Red Machine days.
Great guy, great baseball man.
From the Reds:
Chief Bender died today at Fort Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton, Ohio. He was 88 years old.
Sheldon “Chief” Bender, director of the Reds farm system from 1967 to 1989, retired from baseball in 2005 after spending 64 years in the game as a player, manager and executive. The last 39 of those years came as a member of the Reds front office working in scouting and player development. Under Bender’s leadership, the farm system produced many future stars, including Johnny Bench, Dave Concepcion, Ken Griffey Sr., Don Gullett, Mario Soto, Ron Oester, Tom Browning, Paul O’Neill, Chris Sabo, Eric Davis, and Barry Larkin. In honor of his contributions, the Reds renamed their minor league player of the year award the Sheldon “Chief” Bender Award in 2002.